How to Extend the Results of Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening treatments create impressive changes in the color of your smile, leaving you with bright and even-toned teeth as well as a nice boost to your self-confidence. At Westlake Smile Studio, Dr. Mimi Theerathada provides cosmetic and restorative dentistry services in the greater Los Angeles area and can advise you about the teeth whitening treatments that are best for your smile.

Even professional teeth whitening treatments don’t last forever. Over time, your teeth are likely to accumulate stains and discoloration all over again. But while some of the factors that lead to tooth discoloration are genetic, your lifestyle also makes a difference.

Without exposure to staining agents or neglect of general tooth and mouth care, the results of your professional tooth whitening treatment can last for up to a year or more. If you want to extend the amount of time between treatments, though, just follow these tips.

Keep up your dental hygiene

The best way to keep your smile fresh is to stay on top of brushing, flossing, use of antibacterial mouthwash, and other oral hygiene practices. Brush at least twice a day, and floss daily.

The condition of your teeth, especially your tooth enamel, makes a difference in how effective tooth whitening treatments can be for your smile. Visiting us regularly for professional cleanings will give you a better base to build from as you work to keep your teeth evenly and brightly toned. You should get professional dental cleanings at least twice a year.

Avoid staining agents

Some foods and beverages are notorious for their tooth-staining properties. If you can, try to avoid these foods and drinks — but if you have to have tea, coffee, or blueberries, brush your teeth as soon as possible, or at the least rinse thoroughly with water. Drinking with a straw can also help reduce staining on your teeth.

Foods and beverages to avoid or reduce include:

Smoking is a major cause of enamel yellowing, so to extend the results of your whitening treatment, cut back or quit. Wearing dark lipstick can also leave stains on your teeth that may be difficult to remove.

If you want to whiten your smile, schedule a consultation with Dr. Theerathada at Westlake Smile Studio. Our welcoming office in Westlake Village, California, can help you with teeth discoloration and other cosmetic and restorative dentistry needs. To make an appointment, call us or book online through this website.

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